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Giuliana Monina

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Head of Programme Line, Senior Researcher and Project Manager
+43 (1) 4277 27439
Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1. Hof, Stiege II, 1010 Wien



Curriculum Vitae

Key competences

  • Research and consulting on human rights, especially the prohibition and prevention of torture and ill-treatment under the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol
  • Research and consulting on fundamental rights in the EU context, especially procedural rights of suspects and accused, migration and asylum issues
  • Research on National Human Rights Institutions and National Preventive Mechanisms established under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
  • Organisation and coordination of (research-) projects
  • Trainings, lectures and presentations in the areas of international human rights law, esp. the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment, the right of liberty and security, and the right to a fair trial

Professional record

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, Head of Department “Human Dignity and Public Security” since 2020;  Researcher and Project Manager (2016–2019)
  • Independent consultant (incl. Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna, Austria; EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, Austria; ICF International, Brussels, Belgium)
  • EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Trainee
  • Law Firm ‘Studio Legale Associato Avv. Nisii’, Teramo, Italy, Lawyer
  • European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (Trainee)


  • Bar exam/qualified lawyer in the Italian legal system, Italy
  • Law studies (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza), University of Bologna, Italy
  • Study visiting, University of Strasbourg, France; University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Selected publications

  • Manfred Nowak, Moritz Birk and Giuliana Monina (eds.), The United Nations Convention Against Torture and its Optional Protocol: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2nd rev ed, 2019). Author of ‘Article 10 CAT: Training of Personnel’; ‘Article 11 CAT: Review of Interrogation and Detention Rules’; ‘Article 15 CAT: The Exclusionary Rule’; and several procedural articles 17-33 CAT
  • Manfred Nowak and Giuliana Monina, The United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT),  Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Manfred Nowak and Giuliana Monina, ‘Defining Torture and the Obligation of Systematic Review in the CAT Treaty’ in Steven J. Barela, Mark Fallon, Gloria Gaggioli and Jens David Ohlin (eds.), Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • Giuliana Monina, Nora Katona, “Guidebook: Strengthening the Rights of Suspects and Accused in Criminal Proceedings – The Role of National Human Rights Institutions” (December 2019)
  • Giuliana Monina, ‘”Judging” the Grounds for Detention of Asylum Seekers: Discrepancies between EU Law and the ECHR. An Analysis of the CJEU Decisions of K. v. Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie & J.N. v. Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie in  A. Crescenzi, R. Forastiero, G. Palmisano (eds.) Asylum and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Editoriale Scientifica, 2018)